Shocking number of black people already killed by American police in 2015

It is only April, and already, American police officers have killed an astonishing number of black people, in the line of duty. While CNN and other national news outlets focus on a few high-profile cases, the vast majority of police shootings do not make the headlines, outside of the local news.

So far, in 2015, American police have killed at least 62 black people. In 2014, American police killed at least 192 black people.

Below, we have linked to news stories on each of the black people killed by police so far this year. In the majority of the stories, the headlines include verbiage that either demonizes the victim, or that appears to exonerate the officers, and in most cases, the sole source of information on the shootings are the police departments that shot the people in the first place, yet their stories are so often reported as fact, without question.

The victims of police shootings are never referred to as “victims”, but rather as “suspects”, or “defendants”, or fugitives”, or as the “knife-wielding man”. Terms such as these are used to dehumanize the victims, just as terms such as “insurgents”, “enemy combatants”, and “terrorists” are used by our government when our military kills people in other nations.

Black people killed by American police in 2015:

Eric Harris, 44

Walter Scott, 50

Bernard Moore, 62
Lavall Hall, 25
Jonathan Ryan Paul, 42
Jamie Croom, 31
Terry Garnett Jr., 37
Monique Jenee Deckard, 43
Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., 19
Tyrone Ryerson Lawrence, 45
Naeschylus Vinzant, 37
Andrew Anthony Williams, 48
Dewayne Deshawn Ward Jr., 29
Ledarius Williams, 23
Yvette Henderson, 38
Edward Donnell Bright, Sr., 56
Thomas Allen Jr., 34
Charley Leundeu Keunang, “Africa”, 43
Fednel Rhinvil, 25
Shaquille C. Barrow, 20
Kendre Omari Alston, 16
Brandon Jones, 18
Darrell “Hubbard” Gatewood, 47
Cornelius J. Parker, 28
Ian Sherrod, 40
Jermonte Fletcher, 33
Darin Hutchins, 26
Glenn C. Lewis, 37
Calvon A. Reid, 39
Tiano Meton, 25
Demaris Turner, 29
Isaac Holmes, 19
A’Donte Washington, 16
Terry Price, 41
Stanley Lamar Grant, 38
Askari Roberts, 35
Dewayne Carr, 42
Terrance Moxley, 29
Theodore Johnson, 64
Cedrick Lamont Bishop, 30
Anthony Hill, 27
Terence D. Walker, 21
Janisha Fonville, 20
Phillip Watkins, 23
Anthony Bess, 49
Desmond Luster, Sr., 45
James Howard Allen, 74
Natasha McKenna, 37
Herbert Hill, 26
Markell Atkins, 36
Kavonda Earl Payton, 39
Rodney Walker, 23
Donte Sowell, 27
Mario A. Jordan, 34
Artago Damon Howard, 36
Andre Larone Murphy Sr., 42
Marcus Ryan Golden, 24
Brian Pickett, 26
Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, 41
Ronald Sneed, 31
Leslie Sapp III, 47
Matthew Ajibade, 22

Black people killed by American police in 2014:

Kevin Davis, 44
Eric Tyrone Forbes, 28
Jerame C. Reid, 36
David Andre Scott, 28
Quentin Smith, 23
Terrence Gilbert, 25
Carlton Wayne Smith, 20
Gregory Marcus Gray, 33
Antonio Martin, 18
Tyrone Davis, 43
Xavier McDonald, 16
Brandon Tate-Brown, 26
Dennis Grisgby, 35
Michael D. Sulton, 23
Thurrell Jowers, 22
Travis Faison, 24
Calvin Peters, 49
Christopher Bernard Doss, 41
Jerry Nowlin, 39
William Mark Jones, 50
Rumain Brisbon, 34
Lincoln Price, 24
Eric Ricks, 30
Leonardo Marquette Little, 33
Tamir E. Rice, 12
Akai Gurley, 28
Myron De’Shawn May, 39
Keara Crowder, 29
Tanisha N. Anderson, 37
Darnell Dayron Stafford, 31
David Yearby, 27
Aura Rosser, 40
Carlos Davenport, 51
Cinque DJahspora, 20
Rauphael Thomas, 29
Christopher M. Anderson, 27
Charles Emmett Logan, 68
John T. Wilson, III, 22
Christopher Mason McCray, 17
Kaldrick Donald, 24
Zale Thompson, 32
Terrell Lucas, 22
Ronnie D. McNary, 44
Adam Ardett Madison, 28
Balantine Mbegbu, 65
Elisha Glass, 20
Qusean Whitten, 18
Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18
O’Shaine Evans, 26
Latandra Ellington, 36
Aljarreau Cross, 29
Iretha Lilly, 37
Lashano J. Gilbert, 31
Miguel Benton, 19
Eugene Williams, 38
Tracy A. Wade, 39
Javonta Darden, 20
Marlon S. Woodstock, 38
Oliver Jarrod Gregoire, 26
Nolan Anderson, 50
Cameron Tillman, 14
John Jolly Jr., 28
Charles Smith, 29
Michael Willis Jr., 42
Briant Paula, 26
Kashad Ashford, 23
Carrey Brown, 26
Ceasar Adams, 36
Ricky Deangelo Hinkle, 47
Elijah Jackson, 33
Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, 22
Shawn Brown, 20
Alphonse Edward Perkins, 50
Naim Owens, 22
Kendrick Brown, 35
Eugene N. Turner III, 28
Ronald Singleton, 45
Jeremy Lewis, 33
Vernicia Woodward, 26
Cortez Washington, 32
Steven Lashone Douglas, 29
Desean Pittman, 20
Roshad McIntosh, 18
Anthony Lamar Brown, 39
Arvel Douglas Williams, 30
Darius Cole-Garrit, 21
Kajieme Powell, 25
David Ellis, 29
Luther Lathron Walker, 38
Andre Maurice Jones, 37
Frederick R. Miller, 38
Michelle Cusseaux, 50
Dante Parker, 36
Corey Levert Tanner, 24
Ezell Ford, 25
Robert Baltimore, 34
Dustin Keith Glover, 27
Eddie Davis, 67
Michael Brown, Jr., 18
Michael Laray Dozer, 26
John Crawford III, 22
Daniel Row, 37
Jacorey Calhoun, 23
Anthony Callaway, 27
Patrick Small, 27
Harrison Carter, 29
Vamond Arqui Elmore, 37
Donovan Bayton, 54
Charles Leon Johnson, II, 29
Briatay McDuffie, 19
Jonathan L. Williams, 25
Eric Garner, 43
Dominique Charon Lewis, 23
Michael Reams, 47
Lawrence Campbell, 27
Kenny Clinton Walker, 23
Tyshawn Hancock, 37
Charles Goodridge, 53
Cedric Stanley, 35
Ennis Labaux, 37
Warren Robinson, 16
Christopher Jones, 30
Icarus Randolph, 26
Jacqueline Nichols, 64
Jerry Dwight Brown, 41
Nyocomus Garnett, 35
Rodney Hodge, 33
Paul Ray Kemp Jr., 40
Dennis Hicks, 29
Samuel Johnson, 45
Lavon King, 20
Antoine Dominique Hunter, 24
Samuel Shields, 49
Juan May, 45
Denzell Curnell, 19
Ismael Sadiq, 30
Devaron Ricardo Wilburn, 21
John Schneider, 24
Jason Harrison, 38
Frank Rhodes, 61
Roylee Vell Dixon, 48
Broderick Johnson, 21
David Latham, 35
Lonnie Flemming, 31
Steven Thompson, 26
Thomas Dewitt Johnson, 28
Frank McQueen, 34
Sandy Jamel McCall, 33
Quintico Goolsby, 36
Dominique Franklin, Jr., 23
George V. King, 19
James Renee White Jr., 21
Devante Kyshon Hinds, 21
Pearlie Golden, 93
Jerome Dexter Christmas, 44
Armand Martin, 50
Dontre H. Hamilton, 31
Joe Huff, 86
Emmanuel Wooten
Matthew Walker, 55
Daniel Christoph Yealu, 29
Adrian Williams, 29
Gregory Towns, 24
Jameel Kareem Ofurum Harrison, 34
Zikarious Jaquan Flint, 20
Raason Shaw, 20
DeAndre Lloyd Starks, 27
Douglas Cooper, 18
Winfield Carlton Fisher III, 32
Deosaran Maharaj, 51
Daniel Martin, 47
Emerson Clayton Jr., 21
Rebecca Lynn Oliver, 24
Treon “Tree” Johnson, 27
Gabriella Monique Nevarez, 22
Marquise Jones, 23
Kenneth Christopher Lucas, 38
Keith Atkinson, 31
Yvette Smith, 45
D’Andre Berghardt Jr., 20
Stephon Averyhart, 27
Anthony Bartley, 21
Earnest Satterwhite, Sr., 68
Anneson Joseph, 28
Alton Reaves, 31
McKenzie Cochran, 25
Cornelius Turner, 19
Eldrin Loren Smart, 31
Henry Jackson, 19
Jordan Baker, 26
Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr., 30
Paul Smith, 58
Jeffrey Ragland, 50
Kendall Alexander, 34

7 thoughts on “Shocking number of black people already killed by American police in 2015

  1. “Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving Blacks and Whites, Blacks commit 85 percent and Whites commit 15 percent.”

    Police have also killed 345 total people this year. That means only 18% of people killed by police have been black, compared to 85% of them committing violent crimes. Good job you made an article that means nothing. Idiot.

  2. The number of blacks killed by police has actually fallen drastically over the last few decades. So why, suddenly is this such an epidemic when 20 years ago, the number killed was double? This whole website is so absurdly biased yet you claim to be unbiased.

  3. And 62 people killed by April 15th is 62 people in 105 days. So that’s .59 deaths per day. 192 people in 1 year, 365 days is .52 deaths per day. So that 62, isn’t really astonishing at all. Did you know that 62 WHITE people had been killed by police by February 20th? That’s almost 2 months before that many black people were killed.

    1. Did you know that black people only account for 12.6% of the US population while white people account for 72.2% of the US population? I trust you can do the math on that…

      1. What is the ratio of african Americans to whites in metropolitan areas, where most police shootings take place? You can’t say a certain percentage of the population is black and strictly say that because there are fewer overall, there should be less police shootings. There are 2.2 million farms in the US with only 30,000 of them being african America. Multiple that number by an average family size of 4 and there is almost 3 percent of the population, that very rarely experiences police shootings. I bet you that if you started breaking this down further, you’d see that the area of a metro area where shootings happen, have a race/population ratio that does not reflect the overall race/population ratio of the entire country.

  4. Why does it have to be black people? Why does the statistic have to be based on a race. What about all the other people being killed by police?

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